a wrap-up for 2010

And now it is time to wrap-up 2010 in the reading world 🙂 So now I tell you how I fared on my challenges and resolutions, what sorts of books I read, and which books were my favorites of the year.

First, some numbers. (I am borrowing this list from Michelle at My Books. My Life. from her 2009 wrap-up post, located here.)

  • Total Books Read: 60 (43 “adult”; 17 childrens, as I read a lot of children’s Christmas books)
  • Books Read: 39 (35, 3 DailyLit, 1 online)
  • Audiobooks Listened To: 4
  • Pages Read: 10,629
  • Time Listened: 58.5 hours
  • Average Pages per Book: 303
  • Books Acquired: 25 (plus 82 free books on my new Kindle 🙂 )
  • Fiction: 42
  • Nonfiction: 1
  • Female Authors: 23
  • Male Authors: 14
  • New (to me) Authors: 23
  • Most Read Author: Gail Carriger–I read three books of the Alexia Taribotti quintet written so far
  • Kid’s Lit: 2
  • Children’s Books: 17
  • Contemporary Fiction: 21
  • Chick Lit: 1
  • Historical Fiction: 7
  • Classics: 2
  • Young Adult: 2
  • Non-Fiction: 1
  • Plays: 2
  • Poetry: 1
  • Short Story Collection: 2
  • Spoofs: 2
  • Rereads: 3 (½ for Little Women and P&P each, because I read spoofs)
  • Series Started: 2 (Hitchhiker’s Guide, Parasol Protectorate)
  • Series Continued: 2 (Pink Carnation, Shopaholic)
  • Longest Book: 582 pages (Blankets by Craig Thomas)
  • Shortest Book: 99 pages (Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe)
  • Longest Audiobook: 21 hours (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)
  • Shortest Audiobook: 6.5 hours (Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger)
  • Library books: 42 (includes audiobooks)
  • Books from my collection: 14
  • Daily Lit books: 3
  • Online books: 1
  • Challenges finished: 4 (Canadian Author Challenge, Aussie Author Challenge, RIP Challenge, and Historical Fiction Challenge)
  • Challenges failed: 0
  • New Year’s Resolutions finished: 4 (read at least 5 books published in 2010; read at least 26 books; DO NOT read anything that has to do with Jane Austen; complete all challenges started)
  • New Year’s Resolutions failed: 0
  • RBC Reads: 4


Now for some Challenge/Resolution specifics. Here are the challenges I in which I participated and the books I read for them. (Note: I have already created a post about completing my challenges, located here, so this may be redundant.)

Canadian Author Challenge, hosted by Mrs. Q: Book Addict (my original post about it located here)
Level: Les Liseurs – Read three books by Canadian authors
1) Life of Pi by Yann Martel
2) The View from Castle Rock by Alice Munro
3) The Year of the Flood by Margaret Atwood

Aussie Author Challenge, hosted by Booklover (my original post about it located here)
Level: Tourist – Read three books by Aussie authors
1) Jennifer Government by Max Barry
2) The Secret River by Kate Grenville
3) People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Historical Fiction Challenge, hosted by Alaine – Queen of Happy Endings (my original post about it located here)
Level: Fascinated – Read six historical fiction novels
1) Shanghai Girls by Lisa See
2) Betrayal of the Blood Lily by Lauren Willig
3) Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier
4) Wench by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
5) Island Beneath the Sea by Isabel Allende
6) Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

Readers Imbibing Peril Challenge, hosted by Stainless Steel Droppings (my original post about it located here)
Level: Peril the Second – Read two “Mystery, Suspense, Thriller, Dark Fantasy, Gothic, Horror, or Supernatural”books/stories/poems/etc.
1) The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
2) miscellaneous works of Edgar Allan Poe, including the poems The Haunted Palace, The Raven, and The Conqueror Worm in The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe and the short storiesLigeia (1838), The Black Cat(1845), and The System of Dr. Tarr and Prof. Fether (1856) via PoeStories.com

2010 Resolution

  • Read at least five books published in 2010.
    1) The Swan Thieves by Elizabeth Kostova
    2) Changeless by Gail Carriger
    3) Blameless by Gail Carriger
    4) Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella
    5) Mischief of the Mistletoe by Lauren Willig
  • Read at least 26 books during the year.
    I read 43 “adult” books, so I’d say I beat this one 🙂
  • Read nothing that has anything to do with Jane Austen.
    I had a random spot of really wanting to read some books about her, spoofs or otherwise, but I resisted. And boy can’t I wait to delve back into the world of all things JA 😀


And, last but not least, my favorites of the year.


My favorite book/bookish thing acquired in 2010. Usually I only get books, but this year my in-laws bought me a Kindle 2 for Christmas! So it’s safe to say that it’s my favorite bookish thing I’ve gotten this year–even if I haven’t had a chance to read anything on it yet. I can’t get over how much the screen looks like a real book!! 😀


I have already created five resolutions for the 2011 calendar year and have signed up for an additional challenge. I will create an overview post about these later this week so you can see what my reading goals for 2011 are 😀

I hope everyone had a successful reading year 🙂

EDIT:: I didn’t think to even include this, but here is a look at where I’ve been in my books, as far as geographic locations go. (PS- The link to look at it more interactively is on my sidebar, the globe picture!)

4 thoughts on “a wrap-up for 2010

  1. Michelle says:

    I’m surprised you had such a great reading year with everything you had going on. I still need to read a few from your favorites list.

  2. Kristie says:

    Well, I had a lot going on with the wedding, but because I didn’t have a job after I graduated and finished student teaching in May, I had lots of time to read 🙂 But thanks!

  3. wonderful way to go!

    I could read only 96 books in 2010. But that’s ok. I was in a reading slump for more than four months.

    Here are my Best Reads of 2010.

  4. Not that any of us needs another challenge to sign up for in 2011…but you might really like Sheila’s challenge over at Book Journey also. Essentially, it’s plotting on a global Google map where all of your books are set in. Here’s the link for it: http://bookjourney.wordpress.com/2010/11/30/2011-where-are-you-reading-challenge/ I would do it, but I’ve signed up for 3 challenges already and already I’m afraid that I’m overwhelmed…:)


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